The Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON) is one of the four research institutes of the Faculty of Humanities. The researchers from the departments of History and Art HistoryLanguages, Literature and Communication and Media and Culture Studies who belong to ICON are organised in the research groups Gender StudiesLiteratureMedia and PerformanceMedieval Culture and Musicology. 

Interdisciplinary and international research

The members of these research groups often work together to explore issues concerning different facets of the role played by art, culture, and media in present-day society. Through their interdisciplinary projects, they contribute towards the university’s focus area's Cultures, Citizenship and Human Rights and Game Research, and to the strategic themes Institutions for Open Societies and Dynamics of Youth.

ICON scholars are also members of national research schools and are active in numerous international partnerships and networks in their various disciplines. Collaboration with other partners within society is also a key priority for ICON.

medieval studies | comparative literature | musicology | theatre studies | film studies | television studies | game studies | gender studies | media and data


16 March 2018
Koen Leurs and Alison Harvey have co-edited a special issue with a selection of works presented at the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) conference.
Dr. Els Rose
13 February 2018
Els Rose has been appointed Professor Late and Medieval Latin at the Department of Languages, Literature and Communication starting from 15 February 2018.
Gerard Dou, Old woman reading (portrait of Rembrandt’s mother), c. 1631-32. Bron:
29 January 2018
From 18 March till 1 April 2018, historian Andrew Pettegree will be in Utrecht as a visiting fellow of the Centre for the Humanities.


Woman and Child looking at a Picture Book by Jacob de Gheyn II (circa 1565–1629). Source: Wikimedia/Gemäldegalerie, Berlin
20 March 2018 19:00 - 20:30
Visiting fellow of the Centre for Humanities Andrew Pettegree will give a lecture on Dutch book culture in the golden age, followed by discussion and drinks.
21 March 2018 16:30 - 19:00
A workshop with Rhacel Salazar Parreñas of the University of Southern California.
26 March 2018 10:30 - 17:30
On 26 March the Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies will host a seminar on Premodern Reading Cultures in museum Catharijneconvent.